“Poverty among blackmen was the product of used brain” says Bishop David Oyedepo, founder and chancellor, Landmark University, Omu Ara, Kwara State. During the third convocation ceremony of the agric-oriented university in Omuaran, weekend, Bishop Oyedepo noted that what African nations needed for sustainable growth and development is a generation of indigenous solutions, particularly in field of agriculture.
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There were a total number of 532 students in the third convocation ceremony. The Order of grades and performances among the Landmark University graduates include: First class grade: 55 students; Second class upper grade: 233 students; Second class lower grade: 229 students and Third Class division: 19 students.
Bishop Oyedepo pointed that Africans should not allow western education to destroy native intelligence that they were divinely endowed with. He emphasized that our forefathers in Africa started farming, identification of edible plants and crops before the coming of colonialists.
Every nation bore its cross, he said, therefore there is no united nations anywhere but committee of nations, as many countries currently faced their challenges.
The clergy man added that knowledge is the new currency of the world, adding that application of knowledge would bring about desired changes in the society. He said:
“Human beings are created with equal capacity. They are created with equal brain cells and body system for men and women, equal destiny and equal opportunities.
“There are unlimited opportunities yet untapped in the society. Our generation must arm themselves with required skills to effect meaningful changes in the society.”
The chancellor further charged graduates to be creative, to identify opportunities begging for utilisation. He advised them to think possibilities, think spirituality, think positivity, think solution to problems, and think others, saying only those that think others become leaders.
Bishop Oyedepo said that they should think impact, think footprints, think future and to think culture.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Professor Placid Njoku who is the pioneer vice chancellor, Micheal Okpara (Federal) University of Agricaulture, Umudike, said that the federal government, through ministry of Education, should direct the National Universities Commission NUC, the National Board for Technical Education NBTE, and the National Commission for Colleges of Education NCCE, should:
“…totally revise their curriculum for the Agriculture discipline to formally integrate entrepreneurship, approve Agripreneurship as a full degree/Diploma/NCE programme in all faculties, colleges and universities of Agriculture, and approve a mandatory agripreneurship immersion period for all students of Agriculture.”
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